Members of GMB, Unite and Usdaw continue their rolling strikes over pensions


Unilever workers fighting to defend their pension scheme today enter the third of ten days rolling strike action.

Members of GMB, Unite and Usdaw will be on picket lines at Purfleet in Essex, Trafford Park in Manchester, Port Sunlight on Merseyside and Seacroft in Leeds. The production of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, I can’t believe it’s not butter, Flora, PG Tips tea, Fabric, Comfort, Persil, Dove Deodorant, Lynx and Sure will be affected.

As news spreads of Unilever’s dirty treatment of its workforce, hundreds of messages of support are flooding in for strikers from across the globe.

The company’s changes will not affect management pensions but will cut workers’ savings by between 20 and 40 percent; one worker estimates that she will be worse off by £7,000 a year when she retires if Unilever pushes ahead with plans to ditch their final salary pension scheme.

Unite national officer Jennie Formby said: “The solid support for this strike is a clear message to Unilever that our members are not prepared to be treated like dirt.

“Unilever’s wall of silence is making them angrier by the day and if anything more determined to continue their fight back – not just with further strike but by escalating our campaign of demonstrations.

“It is now our second day of this eleven-day strike action and workers, with strong public support and messages of solidarity coming in daily, are standing firm and will not be bullied into accepting these changes.

“We are ready and willing to meet with Unilever to discuss solutions to the dispute.”

Unite released a film ’Unilever – not as clean as it claims’, revealing the truth behind the ’dirty’ tactics being used to undermine the pensions of the workforce.

The film can be viewed on the Unite website or on YouTube:

Unite is urging viewers to send a simple message to CEO Paul Polman, which is: “It is time for you to talk.”

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